Blake to join legends Lara, Chanderpaul for Road Safety World Series

By Sports Desk February 18, 2020
Yohan Blake. Yohan Blake.

Jamaica 2011 World Champion Yohan Blake is expected to enjoy a change of pace when he appears for a West Indies legends team at the Road Safety World Series next month.

The tournament will include five nations: India, West Indies, South Africa, Australia, and Sri Lanka.  The competition will feature 11 matches, which will be held at the Wankhede Stadium, DY Stadium, MCA Stadium, CCI Ground, and the Brabourne Stadium. The finals will be played at the Brabourne Stadium on the 22nd of March.

The sprinter, an avid cricket fan, will rub shoulders with the likes of Windies legends Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.  The other teams will also have some of their legends on display.  The India squad will be led by the Sachin Tendulkar and include Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh.  Brett Lee will captain the Australian Legends side. Jonty Rhodes will be the leader of the South African Legends, and Tillakaratne Dilshan will represent the Sri Lanka Legends.

Blake, more known for his exploits on the track, has run the second-fastest times ever recorded over the 100m and 200m and won silver medals in both events at the London 2012 Olympic Games behind more celebrated compatriot Usain Bolt.

The tournament is geared towards bringing attention to road safety, a major issue that affects the country.

 

Schedule

Match 1: March 7, 2020

India Legends vs West Indies Legends

Wankhede (Mumbai)

 

Match 2: March 8, 2020

Australia Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends

Wankhede (Mumbai)

 

Match 3: March 10, 2020

India Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends

DY Patil (Navi Mumbai)

 

Match 4: March 11, 2020

West Indies Legends vs South Africa Legends

DY Patil (Navi Mumbai)

 

Match 5: March 13, 2020

South Africa Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends

DY Patil (Navi Mumbai)

 

Match 6: March 14, 2020

India Legends vs South Africa Legends

MCA Stadium (Pune)

 

Match 7: March 16, 2020

Australia Legends vs West Indies Legends

MCA Stadium (Pune)

 

Match 8: March 17, 2020

West Indies Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends

MCA Stadium (Pune)

 

Match 9: March 19, 2020

Australia Legends vs South Africa Legends

DY Patil (Navi Mumbai)

 

Match 10: March 20, 2020

India Legends vs Australia Legends

MCA Stadium (Pune)

 

Match 11: March 22, 2020

FINAL (TBC vs TBC)

Brabourne Stadium (CCI, Mumbai)

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